Council Events

Upcoming Events

Led by Suzanne Friday, Counsel for the Council on Foundations, this workshop is flexibly organized to ensure that your broad legal questions for administering funds, grants, and community foundation activities are addressed.

The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in the Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The 2017 HR Summit: Achieving Equity in the Workplace, co-hosted by the Council on Foundations and CHANGE Philanthropy, is your unique opportunity to learn how to make your foundation — and philanthropy as a whole — more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Community foundations can better meet the needs of local students while attracting more donors. Explore one community foundation’s experience in redesigning its scholarship program, as well as insightful findings from a recent report by National College Access Network. COF’s legal counsel will also address legal considerations involved with program changes.

The Council is excited to once again join the Growing Community Foundation Conference as a Resource Partner in Wichita, Kansas on October 1-3, 2017.

This Summit will fortify you with the community, tools, expertise and resources to make well-informed financial decisions to leverage endowed funds for maximum social benefit.

A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and experienced foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management.

Leaders from the higher education, philanthropic and corporate sectors will come together for a unique convening designed to explore the impact of implicit bias on leadership and operational excellence. This event is by invitation only.

The CEO & Trustee Retreat will highlight what a successful partnership between the CEO and Board Chair looks like. The Retreat will profile successful partnerships, identify barriers to success and share tools for creating a successful relationship.

Past Events

Join me and the Council's government relations team for an important, member-only conversation to discuss the current political landscape in Washington, its implications on tax policy, and the ramifications for philanthropy.

Join us for the second webinar in a series called, “Lunch with Legal Counsel.” Suzanne Friday, Senior Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Council on Foundation reviews and explains IRS Code Section 4944: Taxes on investments which jeopardize charitable purpose and what it means for private foundations.

In this second installment of the Legal and Tax Compliance for Corporate Grantmakers webinar series, participants considered an in-depth review of the rules against self-dealing, where they come from and what they involve. We analyzed a case study, a real life "corporate opportunity" fact pattern received by the Council’s legal team.

This webinar will help our private foundation members understand the rules for how they can participate in public policy advocacy.

Learn about the significance of President Donald Trump’s 2018 Budget. Hear insights from the Council on Foundations government relations firm, Akin Gump, and other national colleagues analyzing the impacts of the federal budget and Appropriations process on States and the non-profit sector.

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